In this section we see Moses coming to an acceptance of his death. As the angels initiate several of the Jewish rituals which honor the deceased — wrapping the body in white linens, having it attended until the funeral by guardians (shomrim) — Moses himself begins to take an active role in preparing for death. As he purifies himself, perhaps with water, which is part of the pre-funeral ritual of washing or taharah, as he closes his eyes and as he assumes the position of eternal rest, Moses is literally exhibiting his willingness to accept death.


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